Top Health Careers
These careers are booming for two reasons: The population is aging, and people want to live as long as they can in good health, and new health care technologies add considerably to their options and your career opportunities.
Begin by making up for key high school sciences you may have missed or dropped. You will need them to understand the technical side of your work. If you got poor marks, many credit science courses are available as online or continuing education, so you can better your marks, without leaving your current situation, before you apply. Keep track of volunteer work you do that promotes health, because it demonstrates your serious interest in the field.
Most fields allow you to start in an entry level position with a certificate from an accredited institution, but for career advancement, acquire an Associates or Bachelors degree. Make sure that the school you choose is accredited by the specific body responsible for that field. Online programs should usually be supplemented by interaction with patients and training in use laboratories or with medical equipment.
But now let’s look at careers and their approximate salaries:
1. Pharmacists – Salary: $106, 630
The pharmacist must know the composition, effects, and possible side effects of common prescribed medications and treatments Patients must be counseled how to use medications and what to avoid when using them.
Many people over 50 have one or more chronic illnesses, managed principally by medications and associated lifestyle changes. The pharmacist may look after such patients over decades. The job includes medication knowledge and communicating good advice effectively to the patient.
Educational requirements: A pharmacist is expected to complete two years of undergraduate coursework in sciences, then pass a pharmacy college admission exam, for a four-year pharmacy program resulting in a doctorate in pharmacy (a Pharm.D.).
2. Physician Assistants – Salary: $84, 830
Physicians may delegate jobs like conducting complete physicals, providing treatment, counseling patients, or prescribing routine medication to an assistant, while attending to more specialized matters.
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